Noting the Preseason (if It Happens)

The Broncos’ first-ever trip to massive Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas and home games against the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks highlight the Broncos’ four-game preseason slate, which was announced Tuesday afternoon.

The exact dates and times are expected to be announced when the regular-season schedule is unveiled, which should happen at some point before the 2011 NFL Draft.

WEEK 1: at Dallas (Aug. 11-15)
WEEK 2: BUFFALO (Aug. 18-22)
WEEK 3: SEATTLE (Aug. 25-29)
WEEK 4: at Arizona (Sept. 1-2)

Denver will not have any nationally-televised games, which is no surprise given the team’s poor record last season. Ten other clubs will also not be spotlighted by CBS, NBC, ESPN or Fox this summer: Dallas, Minnesota, Carolina, San Francisco, Arizona, Miami, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Tennessee. All of those clubs lost at least 10 games last year.

NOTING THE GAMES:

DALLAS: The Cowboys are on the preseason schedule for the first time since 2008, when the teams held joint practices at Dove Valley before meeting at Invesco Field. The practices and game were spotlighted on an episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks … John Fox was on the losing end of the first Monday Night Football game at Cowboys Stadium, a 21-7 Carolina defeat in September 2009 … Denver and Dallas also practiced together in 2007 at the Cowboys’ Valley Ranch facility before playing at Texas Stadium on Aug. 18.

BUFFALO: The Bills are on the Broncos’ preseason schedule for the first time since 2004. Buffalo won that game at Ralph Wilson 16-6, but perhaps the most notable aspect of the game was that a then-record 16 players and coaches on both teams were wired for sound by NFL Network.

SEATTLE: The Seahawks are on the preseason schedule for the fifth time in 10 seasons. The teams became regular summer foes after the Seahawks moved to the NFC West in 2002 … Denver had won three straight over Seattle in the preseason until falling 27-13 at Qwest Field in 2009 … The teams dueled in a preseason American Bowl at the Tokyo Dome in 1990 … During a 2002 encounter — won 31-0 by the Broncos — Denver kicker Ola Kimrin drilled a 65-yard field goal at the end of the first half; had it been in the regular season, it would have been a league record.

ARIZONA: The first three preseason matchups are set by the league, but the preseason finale is arranged by the clubs. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the Broncos and Cardinals are dueling once again. They met in the preseason finales of every season from 2004-09. Arizona is the closest non-AFC West club to Denver … Denver has won nine of its last 10 preseason games against Arizona … This is the 15th time the teams have met in the preseason since 1990. The teams became regular summer partners after the Cardinals moved from St. Louis to Phoenix in 1988.

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About Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on NFL.com when the site was managed by ESPN.com. He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began MaxDenver.com in 2010 and now contributes to CBSSports.com, The Sporting News and The New York Times.
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  1. (If there is a preseason) I’m hopefully going to the Arizona game. I bet a chunk of the preseason will be cut off due to the lockout however. Hopefully they get it worked out by September so they’ll be a season!

    Thanks for the great Broncos coverage, keep up the great work.

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